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Se non è chiaro prendete l'abaco: wege zu einem bilingualen curriculum im schnittpunkt von multimodalität und tandem-lehren

Budach, Gabriele, Dreher, Ulrike and Patrizia, Spanù (2008) Se non è chiaro prendete l'abaco: wege zu einem bilingualen curriculum im schnittpunkt von multimodalität und tandem-lehren In, Budach, Gabriele, Erfurt, Jurgen and Kunkel, Melanie (eds.) Écoles Plurilingues - Multilingual Schools: Konzepte, Institutionen und Akteure. Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Peter Lang pp. 291-316. (Sprache, Mehrsprachigkeit und sozialer Wandel, 8).

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This chapter looks at bilingual math teaching in a German-Italian immersion programme in a primary school in Frankfurt/Main. The focus is on an original tool – the abacus – which is widely used in Italian schools, but is rather uncommon in parts of Germany. This text is embedded in a view of learning as socio-cultural and multimodal practice and it examines the abacus as a symbol of successful bilingual curriculum building that also helps to represent complex numbers. Highlighting this example, the text describes the process of integrating multilingual and pluricultural resources from different national curricular traditions. It also discusses the kinds of dialogic exchange and negotiation that unfold within the collaborative work of a team of bilingual teachers who are bound to the common endeavour of building a bilingual curriculum. On the one hand, the chapter looks at the practice of teachers and their role in bringing about curricular change and reforming teaching practice. On the other hand, the text discusses the effects that using the abacus has stimulated for children’s individual learning.

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Published date: 2008
Keywords: multilingualism, migration, bilingual education, bilingual curriulum, multimodality


Local EPrints ID: 66555
ISBN: 3631568762
PURE UUID: 916d61e2-55f2-4472-9ebe-1808f91bfe20

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Date deposited: 30 Jun 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:23

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Author: Gabriele Budach
Author: Ulrike Dreher
Author: Spanù Patrizia
Editor: Gabriele Budach
Editor: Jurgen Erfurt
Editor: Melanie Kunkel

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